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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 57min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Mosaic Media Group, Dimension Films, Summit Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Reforma Films
Distribution (US): Dimension Films, Miramax Films
Director(s): Terry Gilliam
Producer(s): Daniel Bobker, Michel Cheyko, Jake Myers, Charles Roven, John D. Schofield, Michael Solinger
Written by: Ehren Kruger
Cinematography/Camera: Newton Thomas Sigel
Music: Dario Marianelli
Film Editing: Lesley Walker
Production Design: Guy Dyas
Art Direction: Andy Thomson, Frank Walsh
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Fairy tales or fairy nightmares? With a final score of 50 out of 100 for this PG-13 film when R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned scores of 54 and below, fairy nightmares is more fitting than fairy tales.
The Forest of Marbaden is the last stand of Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) Grimm's deceit and trickery. The conniving pair dupe town after town with their stagings of exorcisms and monster exterminations to bilk the people of their money. [Hab. 2:9] In the French occupied German town of Karlstat of 1978, Will and Jacob meet their nemeses.
First in the long list of adversaries, rather a romantic adversary, is Angelika (Lena Headey) who seems to be the only one who can help the Grimms tackle their prey in the Forest of Marbaden, a prey that has been snatching the town's young maidens.
This "lite" R-13 is a collection of adaptations of the Grimm Fairy tales amplified by the power of the audio-visual tools of today. Little Red Riding Hood (Alena Jakobova) and others make "cameo" appearances, even if only by suggestion. But in this modern version, one character from the bottom of a gooey well eats a little child.
And an evil witch (Monica Bellucci) is there, too as well as portrayal of much evil magic to control and create. A character who shape-shifts between wolf and man (I believe Tomás Hanák) makes a couple short appearances. There is murder by axe, murder by gunfire, unholy acts and beings, very graphic impalements of bodies with piercing weapons and even by the branches of a tree. A village girl's face is melted. One human is ripped apart at the waist. [Phil. 4:8, Rev. 21:8]
This report is already about two weeks late so I am not going to spend any time preparing the usually somewhat detailed discussion of the plot and story. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section peak for content of this "lite" R-13 film.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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